Michelle Wu was elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, and is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. As a former restaurant owner, legal services attorney, and legal guardian of her younger sister, Councilor Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face.
Councilor Wu is focused on providing Pipelines to Opportunity by working to make Boston’s vast resources accessible to Boston residents of all backgrounds. Her priorities include streamlining permitting and government processes, connecting education and employment through partnerships, using data and technology to help residents access government, and supporting pathways to economic stability for all Boston families and residents. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Arts and Culture and the Special Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.
Wu was the lead sponsor in Boston's Paid Parental Leave ordinance and Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity - both of which passed unanimously through the Council and were signed into law by Mayor Martin Walsh.
Councilor Wu got her start in City Hall working for Mayor Thomas M. Menino in the Mayor’s Office as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy, where she created the Restaurant Roadmap guide, which for the first time outlined in one place the city’s restaurant permitting process from start to finish, and was also a driving force to launch Boston’s food truck program. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in the U.S. Senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren.
Councilor Wu has a background in community advocacy, having worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, providing legal advice to low-income small business owners, as well as at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence. She has served on the boards of the Kwong Kow Chinese School in Chinatown, the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, the RoxVote coalition in Roxbury, Julie's Family Learning Program, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, and Rosie's Place.
Michelle Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor and her son Blaise.